Sunday, September 16, 2012

Making Pizza

Yesterday we counted while we made pizza.

Today we took a couple of worksheets on classifying and turned them into a pocket folder manipulative that can be used over again and again.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

9 Skills to Know Before Kindergarden

I'm not sure how some people keep up with giving credit to their source.s- I'll do my best at siting where I get information or ideas, but I can see it getting a bit rediculous. When you site a source (from Pinterest) that is linked to a blog, who seemed to repost another womans blog... how does that work? I'm just glad this isn't Freshman Comp where I'd get an F for my Works Sited.

Here's an idea I had to use foam letters on craft sticks as pointers. I simply mounted them to the back side of index cards, cut them out, then hot glued each letter to a craft stick.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Math with Our Snack

I've been reading so much about the Daily 5, and with my back ground in secondary education, there's a lot for me to learn. One teacher blogged about wanting to turn the concept of the Daily 5 into a math program for her classroom. I thought this is a great way for me to structure Madelyn's play time and even her snack time.

I pasted frogs (from Dollar Tree) onto a sheet of construction paper. I thought I could slip it into a page protector to keep it clean, but I forgot construction paper is not 8 1/2 X 11. So, It already has finger prints. Next time I'll remember to trim it down first. Anyway, once I numbered each frog, 1-3 on the front and 4-6 on the back, Madelyn and I counted as we 'fed' the frogs Teddy Grams.

I tried another math game later in the day to see if she could do some matching. I used store bought cards and a die that I had from my classroom. She did what a typical 2 yr. old would do. She looked at me for cues as to whether her guesses were correct. Her favorite part of the game was tossing the die in the air. That's when we moved on to bowling.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Blogging Journey Begins

Today I begin my journey as a blogger. I never thought I would be one to blog. I thought it was for women with too much time on their hands or who had nothing better to do. I for one ALWAYS have housework to do. Then I discovered Pinterest and searched for activities to do with my toddler. I began reading blogs for the first time. I cried as I read one woman's blog to her Mother and was inspired to really start potty training my two year old. I read about teachers sharing their ideas, opening up thier classrooms and giving hope to secondary teachers turned stay-at-home moms like me.

In the beginning, I wanted to simply share with my family the daily activities and crafts I do with my kiddos. I'm not a writer and I don't exactly enjoy it, but throwing few sentences between pictures is pretty easy, right? Well, the more blogs I read and the more I searched, the more I realized that I have a lot to share with other educators. Just because I'm not in the classroom teaching right now doesn't mean I don't think about it. Actually, I miss teaching tremendously, but I'd rather be with my own kiddos until they're school. So for now this will be my outlet. I will share my crafts and ideas with anyone interested in reading about them. And I will continue organizing my thoughts and lessons ideas for when I'm back in the classroom.

I'm still trying to figure out all that I'm able to do blogging from my phone. I really would like my posts to be works in progress in categories, but we'll see. I don't think that the pictures are between paragraphs. I looks as if they are at the bottom of the post. So much for that idea...